Hey there!!

My name is Vanessa and welcome to my blog!


By day I am the head chef at my family’s restaurant in Terrell, NC.

 By night I am a blogger.

A few fun facts about me:

-I was born and raised in New Jersey.

-Although the show “Jersey Shore” gives us locals a bad name, I will forever be addicted to trashy reality shows.

-I’m a coffee addict. Seriously, I need it to function.

-I have to have a piece of chocolate everyday, preferably dark.

-I went to culinary school.  Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI.

-I’m a Mac convert and can never go back.

-I love red wine, bourbon and whiskey.  Recently dove head first into the craft beer scene and I like it.

-There’s nothing better to me than a patio, cool breeze, good food/drink and good company. Eh, throw some music in there too.

-I love a good movie.  I have a growing collection of probably 200 or so.  It’s scary.

-I love to experiment in the kitchen.  I very rarely write down a recipe.

-I work crazy, long hours and I secretly love it. I love the adrenaline rush you get during a busy service.

-I desperately want to travel, but unfortunately don’t have the funds or time to do so.

-I love farmer’s markets.   A lot of my inspiration for the restaurant’s dishes come from there.

-I live in flip flops in the summer and Ugg boots in the winter. I have an obscene amount of both.

My two current passions in life are food and photography. I am still in an amateur stage of photography but hope to continue learning about it.  I’ve been in the culinary world professionally for almost 10 years.  So I am still learning all that there is to learn about food as well.  I am lucky that two of my passions go hand in hand.  I take a lot of pictures of my food and creations whether it’s at work or at home.

Life Undeveloped is the name of the blog.  Meaning my life is still in its developing stages.  Through this blog I’d like everyone to develop along with me as I go through the next stages in my life.  I have no idea where I’ll end up, but isn’t that the fun of it?  I want to express myself through food, pictures and writing and hope you will all enjoy it with me on this journey we call Life!!

Hope that gave you a little knowledge of who I am and what I’m about. If there’s anything you want to know or any of you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!!

Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy blogging :-)

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

Welcome to the blog world! We have a lot in common–food and new love for photography. Congrats on going to Culinary School, that’s always been a mini-dream of mine.


lifeundeveloped December 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome :-) Culinary school was a blast and it challenged me to do things I NEVER would have thought I was capable of. Plus you meet some really great people along the way!! I hope you continue to read so we can share our passions! :-)


greekmelie December 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Hello Vanessa! I just stumbled upon your blog and it looks delicious! I think I am hungry now! :-) Just one quick comment, your header says “food undevloped”, it misses an e… But regardless, I really like the photos you put on it. How do you do this?


lifeundeveloped December 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Hi! Thanks for visiting! I know about the spelling, but thanks for pointing it out. I created the header in Photoshop. Unfortunately my photoshop is down right now, so I can’t change the spelling until I get it back, which hopefully should be within a week or two. Thanks for the feedback :-) I just took some photos and pieced them together through photoshop. You can add text through it too! Hope you continue to read!


Taylor March 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

Welcome to the food blogging world! Always great to meet another food blogger living in Charlotte!


lifeundeveloped March 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for the welcome :-) Maybe our paths will cross in Charlotte! Love your blog!


Lettuce Choose Healthy April 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

what culinary school did you go to?!


lifeundeveloped April 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I went to Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI.


Bridget July 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

I saw a pin you made on pintrest. I love your blog. I am new to blogging and share your love of photography and cooking. I too went to culinary school. This profession is both crazy and amazing at the same time!
Just wanted to say hi!
Bridget from Chicago


lifeundeveloped July 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi Bridget! Thanks for stopping by! So glad you found me through Pinterest! I’ll have to check out your blog :-)


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